Create Role on deploy of feature

It’s trivial case when you develop some feature which implies creating some roles within Sitecore. This post is about how to ensure creating of necessary roles after you deliver feature to test/demo/live environment.

At first extend initialize pipeline with processor which create necessary roles.

<configuration xmlns:patch="">
        <processor type="Roles.Components.Pipelines.Loader.CreateRoles,Roles" />

Secondly implement CreateRoles class.

namespace Roles.Components.Pipelines.Loader
    using Sitecore.Diagnostics;
    using Sitecore.Pipelines;
    using Sitecore.Security.Accounts;
    using Sitecore.Security.Domains;
    using Sitecore.SecurityModel;
    using System.Web.Security;

    public class CreateRoles
        public void Process(PipelineArgs args)
            const string testRoleName = "test_custom_domain\\test_role";

            if (Role.Exists(testRoleName))


        protected void EnsureDomainExists(string roleName)
            Assert.ArgumentNotNull(roleName, "roleName");
            var domainName = Domain.ExtractDomainName(roleName);

            if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(domainName) && (DomainManager.GetDomain(domainName) != null))

            using (new UserSwitcher("sitecore\\admin", true))

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